“We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell
Of saddest thought.”
is one of the quotable quotes of the great poet P B Shelly which I love very much. Many a time our sweetest songs are those tell of HAPPIEST THOUGHTS!
That way I have many many sweetest songs ringing in my memory. One such forms this week’s Sunday Story. I am sure my esteemed readers will enjoy the same.
I am ever grateful to the Lord Almighty-the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent- who directs me in all my activities and in particular who guided me to Word Press and with HIS grace I picked up, launched my Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com, on 25/2/2015, gradually built up the viewership and I am indeed proud of my esteemed viewers from more than 210 countries. As of now total views have exceeded 1, 29,000. This indeed has fetched me a place of honor in the INDIA BOOK OF RECORDS!
When I was camping in Trivandrum for the International Writers’ Festival held on 27/28th December 2014 I happened to meet one of my former colleagues in the great Life Insurance Corporation of India of which I was a part and parcel for more than four decades. In fact LIC continues to be our HOME. He is one Shri Hari Krishan Chaudhary from Chandigarh.
Though it was the first time that we met with each other face to face, we felt as if we were known for decades!
As train fellow travelers, we were together for a couple of days and we parted to our respective homes. But those happy moments and thoughts still linger in my memory.
After returning home, Mr. Chaudhary wrote the following and the same was published in the prestigious house magazine of LIC of India “YOGAKSHEMA” which I reproduce below:
AN ENCOUNTER WITH A SEPTUAGENARIAN POET
As I got up early in the morning, he was sitting in the drawing room of the LIC guest house at Thiruvananthapuram. He greeted me and introduced as an executive who retired from my organization fourteen years ago. He was too agile for his age of 74 years. He narrated his tenure in LIC as a Marketing Manager and later Deputy Zonal Manager deliberately ignoring his other accomplishments. Only when I asked him the purpose of his visit to Thiruvananthapuram , he said that he had come to attend an International Writers’ Festival where he was to present his paper.
A Tamilian, he told me casually that he was an author of 27 books, the majority of them on poetry and some translations of great works of literature. I had goose bumps sitting with such an accomplished person.
He gave me his book of poetry in English. I glanced through one of his poems. The ten liner titled “The Retreat” was excellent. It was about a dog chasing him and he just pretending to pick up a stone to scare it away and the dog retreated fast. According to him the same strategy was to be followed in dealing with the life’s problems chasing you. They can be scared away with patience and courage. He narrated one of the works of a great writer of Tamilnadu, Saint Thiruvalluvar. His work “Thirukkural” has been translated into more than 90 languages of the world next only to the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran. He has translated 500 couplets of the Thirukkural in Haiku format (5-7-5 syllables). I didn’t tell him that I had never heard about Saint Thiruvalluvar but I resolved to read the Thirukkural at the first opportunity.
He was filled with pride narrating his published work-the Tamil translation of Tagore’s ‘Gitanjali’ and Subramaniya Bharathi’s ‘KUYIL PAATTU” – the cuckoo’s song- into English. His recent article in ‘THE HINDU’ newspaper titled ‘ Onion is not Oxygen’ exhorting people to shun expensive onions was widely appreciated. He narrated how he receives calls from his three sons, one from Canada, the other from journalist in Bangalore and from the third one local- when he is in office. As he is talking his mobile rings and without seeing his mobile screen he knows that his son is calling from Chennai . Before conveying his well being, he narrates his meeting with me to his son repeating my name and his voice is filled with respect.
He said he feels relaxed with the calls even when he is travelling and inconvenienced. I regretted my question of his not travelling with his wife for he almost choked with emotion narrating that his wife passed away recently and how 2014 was a tough year for him. Responding to my queries, he said that he earns very little royalty from his books but he gets some complimentary books from publishers which he lovingly distributes among his friends. The occasional meager royalty goes to Chennai Sevalaya, a charity.
I quoted Avtaar Singh Paash’s Punjabi poem: “Sabh ton khatarnaak hunda hai murda Shanti naal bhar jaana, ghar to nikalna kaam te, te kaam ton ghar jaana, sab tonkhatarnaak hunda hai saade supneya da mar jaana” ( It is very dangerous to be filled with corpse-like peace, going daily to work and coming back. It is very dangerous to see your dreams die before you). As I translated for him, he was delighted. Pressing my hands, he bowed with respect for the great poem. I could see on his face the universality of the poets’ fraternity. He took my address for sending me his selected works and blessed me and my wife with a parting Namaskar and giving me a copy of paper that he was going to present and a poem he was to recite there.
I owed him and “God’s own country” some precious and memorable moments.
P.S. The article is about Shri N V Subbaraman, Retired Dy. Zonal Manager, LIC, Chennai who retired in the year 2001.
Hari Krishan Chaudhary
Secretary, (Office of the Insurance Ombudsman}
I do hope that our esteemed viewers would have enjoyed this “ENCOUNTER” in this Sunday Story. We shall meet tomorrow morning as usual. Have a fabulous and fantastic February.
ENVIUS THOUGHTS crosses 1,29,000 views.
I am glad to share with you that with the 95th view at 13.30 hours yesterday viz Saturday the 3rd February 2018, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS crossed ONE LAKH AND TWENTY NINE THOUSAND (1,29,000) from more than 210 countries around the world on the 1072nd day and 1120th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty